Monthly Archives: April 2009

Last two chapters

Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 are the last chapters of our course. There is not much time left and we will skip some of the sections, please stay tuned to get the details about what is left out.


This is the last lab of the course. Click on the title to get the file.

More info here.

Easter Fun

Now that we’re approaching the end of the course you might be eager to see the whole thing in action. There is no better way to learn anything that when you’re facing the task of building a working system. And I mean to build all of it!

Most of the time you work on a personal computer. Not the hardware or the operating system are part of what you have to build. In an extreme case you might be rebuilding the kernel of the operating system you’re running.

If you like hardware and to experiment I propose you to get one Arduino board and a LAN adapter for it. I’ve used in the past the ones I’m referencing and I’ve found that seller the cheapest option at the time.

To get things running you’ll need to download the software library for the LAN card plus the Arduino IDE appropriated for your computer (OS X, Linux or Windows).

Arduino is an easy-to-use low-cost “open hardware” microcontroller board around ATmega168 chip. USB bus server to both power the board and download developed code to it. Many extensions are possible and the LAN card adds a simple Microchip LAN controller to Arduino. All the source code you see is all what’s available: no operating system below, no hidden strings, just the bare source of the library.


Click on the title.